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Using Strategic Foresight to Shape Our Futures

We need to be able to anticipate, envision, and use the potential futures facing our world to transform the United Nations into its best version and to address the complexity of challenges that we will face moving forwards. To help with these efforts, we added a new stream of work to our portfolio and designed a Futures and Foresight programme. In this blog, we discuss what that looks like.  The climate crisis is upon us; the world...

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Joint Statement on Data Protection and Privacy in the COVID-19 Response

A Joint Statement on Data Protection and Privacy in the COVID-19 response was issued today after endorsement by the undersigned UN System Organizations. Developed by the UN Privacy Policy Group, an inter-agency group on data privacy and data protection, the statement supports the privacy protective use of data and technology by the UN in fighting the current pandemic. The joint statement is based on the UN Personal Data Protection and...

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UN entities partner to strengthen work to counter the COVID-19 infodemic

The original article was published on the UNESCO website on 8th September 2020. People worldwide will be better able to spot the difference between information and misinformation about COVID-19, as a result of a new co-operation within the UN system. “Through combining strengths, we are rolling out a concerted push. Together, this will help to monitor misinformation, and empower people to recognize falsehoods – and at the same...

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Using Ride-hailing Data for Sustainable Transport Systems

As traffic congestion in modern cities becomes more complex and dynamic, continuous streams of data with high spatio-temporal coverage are important for transport planning to better meet the mobility needs of citizens, while safeguarding against possible harms to the environment. Whilst transportation planners in the past have relied on a range of analytical models to provide essential insights, the drawback has been with the...